Interpreting Constitutions

Theories, principles and institutions

Edited by Charles Sampford and Kim Preston


Constitutions can be viewed as the road map of liberal democracies. And like any road map, they need to be constantly reconsidered and redrawn as the territory develops and changes.

The contributors undertake this re-interpretation on a number of levels. They examine first the theoretical approaches to constitutional interpretation and then move on to implied rights. There then follows a consideration of the role of the judiciary and parliament in constitutional interpretation, drawing upon a number of examples from around the world.


Published November 1996
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781862872417
Australian RRP $85.00
International Price $80.00